A man tied to an armed bank robbery on the city’s northside fled to Cochise County and committed suicide, authorites said.
On the evening of Feb. 28, Cochise County Sheriff’s deputies tried to make contact with Kirk Luethy, 53, of the Los Angeles area, while he sat inside a vehicle, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.
Luethy fled from deputies and after a short pursuit the vehicle pulled over and stopped abruptly, Widmer said. When deputies approached the vehicle, they found Luethy with a self-inflicted gunshout wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Widmer said.
Deputies later found evidence linking Luethy to a robbery of the Pyramid Federal Credit Union, 4491 N. Oracle Road. The robbery was committed earlier that day, Widmer said.
The masked robber entered the bank with a gun in his hand, and demanded money from a teller. The robber walked away from the bank in an unknown direction, Widmer said.
There were no indications that Luethy was involved in any other armed robberies in the Tucson-area, said Widmer.